LONDON – Neither a return to London’s Olympic Stadium nor a surprise 800-metre gold from compatriot Pierre Ambroise Bosse eventually helped French pole vault great Renaud Lavellenie get the elusive world title.

Lavillenie fouled his first jump over 5.89m just seconds after Bosse had crossed the finish line on Tuesday – and after Poland’s Piotr Lisek and American Sam Kendricks had cleared.

He managed the height in his second attempt, but it was to no avail, as Kendricks then soared 5.95m to get gold – and Lavillenie had to settle for a fourth worlds bronze on countback against the title holder Lisek on a cool evening.

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